LIANE HANSEN, Host:
From NPR News, this is WEEKEND EDITION. I'm Liane Hansen.
HANSEN: I believe in mystery.
HANSEN: I believe in feeling.
HANSEN: I believe in being who I am.
HANSEN: I believe in the power of failure.
HANSEN: And I believe normal life is extraordinary.
HANSEN: This I believe.
HANSEN: Here's the series curator, independent producer Jay Allison.
JAY ALLISON: Here is Joel Schmidt with his essay for This I Believe.
JOEL SCHMIDT: I have sat face-to-face with a Bataan Death March survivor, an Airman shot down over Germany, a Marine who was at the Chosin Reservoir, veterans from every region of Vietnam, medics and infantry soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. I have spoken with people who have been assaulted and brutalized by their own comrades, and parents who've had to attend their own children's funerals.
HANSEN: I make it a point to complement the strength and ingenuity of the people who sit in my office. But the truth is, I don't think many of them realize the depth of my admiration. Sitting in the room with these people every day allows me to hope that I might also find the strength to face future problems. This solid sense of hope is a gift, and it is my humble desire to share it with the next person who sits with me.
ALLISON: For This I Believe, I'm Jay Alison.
HANSEN: Jay Allison is the co-editor with Dan Gediman, John Gregory and Viki Merrick of the book "This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women."
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